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Establishing a Ley Mixture
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Establishing a New Ley

  • Lime field if necessary to achieve a pH as close as possible to 6.5
  • Check the drainage status - undesirable weed grasses will soon invade waterlogged fields
  • Analyse soil and correct any nutrient imbalances - 'normal' soils will require around 40 units/acre of N, P and K. White clover is particularly sensitive to phosphate and potash levels
  • Prepare a firm, fine and weed-free seedbed
  • Roll prior to seeding to close gaps
  • Broadcast or cross drill and then roll or very lightly harrow to ensure seed is no deeper than 6mm
  • Sow at a suitable time - ideally when the soil is warm and moist. Grasses and clovers will germinate between
    5-10°C but require higher temperatures to achieve satisfactory growth
  • If you use a cover crop make sure it is suitable for establishing a grass ley
A light, early grazing by young stock or sheep (when the grasses are 3-4 inches high) will help consolidate the field and encourages young grasses to tiller out.
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As a general rule all our ley mixtures should be sown at between 13kg-18kg per acre depending on the prevailing conditions.
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